Celtic fans called to action on 13th December as Trust gears up campaign

By Euan Davidson

December 9, 2020

The Celtic Trust have appealed to fans for a safe, socially-distanced protest outside Celtic Park on the 13th of December.

On the day Celtic take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, the Trust emphasised the need for safety and caution. However, they stressed that protest was still a necessary form of action.

In a statement, the Trust said:

“There is understandable anger and concern among Celtic supporters which has led to a couple of spontaneous protests.  While these were, overwhelmingly, responsible and orderly, there is potential for this understandable anger to spill over and for our fans to become vulnerable to arrest.

Moreover, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and there is a health risk from gatherings of any kind.

On that basis, the Celtic Trust, in recognising that these protests are very likely to continue, have decided to call for a Covid-compliant, organised protest to convey the concerns of the fans to the Club.”

Celtic supporters / (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Safety of all kinds an absolute priority

The statement goes on to emphasise that any kind of violence or disorder would not be tolerated. They added strict procedure for social distancing and said that protective masks would be made available.

This move follows more ugly scenes outside Celtic Park, first after the Ross County loss (BBC) and again after the 1-1 draw with St. Johnstone (Glasgow Times).

The Celtic Trust have become a louder voice in recent days. An open meeting on the 5th of December was attended by 300 members and prospective members.

It’s possible that the Celtic Trust are looking to become a more “moderate” voice of disquiet in comparison to the Green Brigade.

Celtic’s largest supporters’ group have been criticised from a number of angles in the press and amongst Celtic fans. The Trust, meanwhile, are yet to meet any significant condemnation.